The figure does not take into account regional viewers or all those gathered in offices and pubs around the country, but is lower than last year’s 2.66m and 2.65m in 2011.
Seven scored well on Tuesday night with a 33.8% share then Nine 25.8%, TEN 17.9%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 6.0%.
The Cup was divided up into several segments including Presentation (1.78m), Mounting Yards (1.41m), Late (849,000) and Early (647,000). Elsewhere Seven News was 1.28m, Dancing with the Stars was 1.13m, Today Tonight was 1.11m, Home and Away was 1.03m, Million Dollar Minute was 602,000. Suits was 183,000.
Nine News (1.08m / 317,000 Sydney 6:30) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (924,000), Big Brother (884,000), Hot Seat (628,000) and Revolution (498,000 / 388,000), Super Fun Night (453,000 in 4 cities).
TEN’s NCIS (699,000) bettered Nine in the timeslot. TEN Eyewitness News was 618,000, NCIS: LA was 489,000, The Project was 452,000, Recipe to Riches was 434,000. The Simpsons was 330,000.
ABC News did well with 914,000 for ABC1 then 7:30 (700,000), Foreign Correspondent (592,000), The Art of Australia (463,000) and At the Movies (348,000).
JFK (353,000) content continues to do well for SBS. Insight was 231,000, Dateline was 158,000 and World News Australia (156,000).
Neighbours led multichannels with 281,000.
Breakfast television numbers would have been impacted by a public holiday in Melbourne. Here’s how they stacked up:
ABC News Breakfast: 67,000 / 44,000
Wake Up: 39,000
The Morning Show: 234,000 (3 cities)
Studio 10: 45,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 5 November 2013